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What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Snow Emergency


Will it snow? Will it snow-pocalypse? As we wait and see what really happens (the Weather Channel says that will be at about 7 p.m., though Mayor Bloomberg has already declared a “weather emergency” for NYC), we’re right here to tell you what we know. Which is this:

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 11, 2011

  • The National Weather Service is reporting, in all caps, WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. There’s a storm warning in effect from 7 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. tomorrow. Predicted accumulations are 8 to 12 inches, possibly higher, and wind gusts of 20 to 25 miles per hour. You won’t want to be driving, especially at night.
  • Mayor Bloomberg said, via NY1, that “365 salt spreaders and 1,700 snow plows are in place and ready to implement the city’s new 15-point plan for quick snow removal” but…don’t expect your street to be cleared, he warned. “The hardest snow is supposed to come just a few hours before the commute — making it impossible for all of the city’s 6,000 streets to be cleared before then.”
  • MTA Chairman Jay Walder said, preemptively: “If you don’t need to travel tomorrow morning, please don’t. We expect to run service in the morning but there will be changes and no one should leave home without tuning in to the news media or tuning into” Well, admitting it is half the battle. In early preparation for the possible emergency, there are already delays on the 2 and 5 trains.
  • Airlines are warning of delays and cancellations, so…check before you head off to the airport.
  • Need a hotel? Good luck.
  • Only call 911 in an actual emergency.
  • Stocking up on bread and other “perishables” is highly overrated. A wise snowpocalypse survivor has already learned that red wine and chocolate are the best things you can have on hand in an emergency.
  • Take the opportunity to go see a Broadway show on the cheap! Above all, stay positive. Being snowbound is also a great chance to catch up on re-runs of Law and Order — which, really, is the most important thing we learned the last go-round.

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